2021, Cilt 8, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 008-015
Information, Practices, and Barriers Regarding Skin-to-Skin Contact of Mothers Giving Vaginal Birth
Samiye METE1, Buse GÜLER2, Nuran Nur AYPAR AKBAĞ3
1Prof. Dr., İstinye Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Hemşirelik Bölümü, İstanbul, Türkiye
2Araş. Gör. Dr., Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi, İzmir, Türkiye
3Araş. Gör., Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Hemşirelik Bölümü, Karaman, Türkiye
Keywords: Barriers, kangaroo-mother care, nursing, skin to skin contact

Aim: This study aims to determine the knowledge, practices, and barriers of women who give vaginal birth about skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo mother care) with their newborn.

Material and Methods: The sample of the descriptive study consisted of 108 women who gave vaginal birth in a public and university hospital. The data form created by the researchers includes women's descriptive characteristics and information about skin-to-skin contact, practices, and barriers. The data were evaluated using the SPSS 15.0 program, and descriptive statistics and chi-square test were used to analyze the data.

Results: Women stated that they took their babies in their laps, on average 32.74 ± 25.61 minutes after birth. It was determined that 13.0% had skin-to-skin contact. It was determined that women had a low level of knowledge about the definition of skin to skin contact and its benefits, with an average of 1.07 out of ten. 67.8% of the women stated that the biggest obstacle in applying skin-to-skin contact was that their baby was dressed.

Conclusion: Pregnant women should be informed during the antenatal period, and their awareness should be increased. It should be explained that baby's skin should touch mother's skin without clothes of babies, and their practices should be supported.